ST. LOUIS -- Reds closer Francisco Cordero probably doesn't qualify as an All-Star roster snub. He could definitely qualify as being overlooked and feeling frustrated.
More than likely, National League players and All-Star skipper Bruce Bochy bypassed Cordero in their selections because he lacks saves. He had 17 in 19 chances entering Monday, good for 11th in the league.
"I know I don't have a lot of saves," Cordero said. "But overall, I have pretty good numbers. Last year, I understood why I didn't make it. I was leading the league with 24 saves last year, and I didn't make it because I had a high ERA. Now, because I don't have enough saves, I'm not on it. I'm disappointed. I'll just do my job and continue to do what I'm doing, getting people out and trying to make the playoffs."
Cordero had a point about his numbers beyond saves being strong. His 0.85 WHIP (walks-hits per innings pitched) is best among NL closers and his 1.49 ERA was second best.
Three closers were selected to the NL roster in Brian Wilson, Heath Bell and Joel Hanrahan. All had 24 saves entering July 4. The three Reds All-Stars were position players in Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce.
"I thought I was going to make it but that's how it is sometimes," Cordero said. "Sometimes, stuff like that happens. You have to be able to put it behind and continue to do what you're doing. I'm happy for the three guys that made it. They deserve to be there too."